Update: Peter Chong returned to KL from Pattaya on 16 April 2017. He told police he had gone to Hatyai to find out more about a missing pastor Raymond Koh but was then abducted and brought to Pattaya.
What is going on? This is what many Malaysians are asking after it emerged that a Peter Chong, a Subang-based activist who attended a prayer service for abducted pastor Raymond Koh a few days ago, is the latest person to reportedly go missing, according to FMT.
Days earlier, a stranger had tipped him off to be careful as people were getting ‘disappeared’ and ‘they’ knew where their targets lived.
Chong, a former PJ city councillor, used to work as political secretary to Subang MP Sivarasah Rasiah.
He also attended the Bersih 5 rally last November.
Not many people remember that Chong had shot to international media prominence in 2014 when he vouched for the character of his close friend Captain Zaharie, pilot of the ill-fated MH370 plane, describing him as “disciplined and professional”.
It was only yesterday that the Malaysian Insight published a prescient piece titled “Does Malaysia want to be the land of the disappeared?” It concluded:
The police have to do more. It starts with one abduction. Who is to say there won’t be more? Who is to say that those who abducted Koh will not strike again? Where does that leave the police then?
After all, does Malaysia want to join the ignominious list of countries where people disappear and no one gives a damn?